Why IHPI? A message from our Director
Our work at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) addresses the most pressing questions facing healthcare today. By developing, sharing, and implementing evidence and critical insights, we are shaping healthcare policy and practice.
Examine our nation’s healthcare system, and you’ll find no shortage of acute challenges: Persistent safety issues with deadly consequences for patients. Uneven and inequitable access to life-changing and lifesaving health services, obstructed by barriers such as cost, coverage, and unequal community resources. Swelling costs that burden patients, families, and providers, demand tough and sometimes excruciating choices, and jeopardize our nation’s economic wellbeing. Failures to provide the very young with the healthy starts they need to thrive throughout their lives, and failures to maintain quality of life for people throughout their later years.
Of course, these issues are anything but new. Top research hubs like the University of Michigan have been tackling them for decades, making significant headway on many fronts. These are also the issues that have defined my career as a physician and a health services researcher for three decades.
At IHPI, our mission is to is to foster innovative, interdisciplinary research to inform policies and practices that advance the equity, quality, safety, and affordability of healthcare, and improve health for individuals, families, and communities. Each day, this pursuit fuels the unprecedented creativity, imagination, and vision of our collaborative community of researchers and scholars at the University of Michigan.
Thanks for visiting our website. Here, you'll find many powerful examples of the ways that IHPI members are advancing our understanding of healthcare and making a difference in improving the health of individuals and communities across our nation and around the world.
At this pivotal time in healthcare, I hope you’ll stay connected with IHPI. Together, we can chart a brighter future for our health system and the millions of Americans it cares for.
Director, University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine